Tuesday, January 12, 2016

BibRave Pro Product Review: Buff Thermal Hoodie

Disclaimer: I was recently sent a Buff Thermal Hoodie to review as part of being a BibRave Pro.  Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again—I’m a cold weather wimp.  So when I was given the opportunity to test out the Buff Thermal Hoodie I was pumped.

I love wearing hoods but neither my winter running jacket nor my winter running vests have hoods.  Sure I can wear a hat but there’s nothing like a good old hood.

When I first tried on my Buff Thermal Hoodie, the first word that came to my mind was COZY!  The hood is so soft—and big!  One thing that I’m going to really like is that I have to braid my long hair on a run if I am wearing a winter hat.  With the hoodie, I can wear a ponytail or a bun on the top of my head!  #longhairdontcare

Another cool thing about the Buff Thermal Hoodie is that you can wear it a few different ways.  There are 2 layers that you can wear around your neck for extra warmth OR you can pull one of the layers up to cover your face.  The layer to cover your face is pretty thin, which I guess runners like because very it’s breathable fabric.   From the point of view of the cold weather wimp, I wish it were a little bit thicker and softer.  I am used to my fuzzy Turtle Fur heavyweight neck warmers.  It will just take a little getting used to.  
Side note: Has any other Pros tried washing theirs yet?

I have been wearing my Buff Thermal Hoodie outside with Georgie but with my recent injury and the unpredictable Cape Cod weather, I only had one opportunity to run in it.  The hood was so big (not a negative, I totally love the size) that it let a lot of wind inside making my ears cold.  Cape Cod can be SO WINDY and it was wicked that day.  I pulled the tassels super tight which blocked my peripheral vision a bit.  [Run Jen Run Tip: Tuck the tassels inside your hoodie so they don’t hit you in your face the whole run!]  Next super windy day, I’m totally wearing a headband under the hoodie OR maybe its time to invest in Buff’s Windproof version!

Overall, the Buff Thermal Hoodie is a great product and I will certainly be wearing it all throughout the cold, winter months.  In addition to running, it will be perfect for dog walking, shoveling, running errands, etc.  I’ll pretty much be wearing it everywhere.  I know you're jealous!

My favorite part about the Buff Thermal Hoodie?  This guy.  

Happy running!
P.S Gangster G doesn’t quite get the concept but if the Buff Thermal Hoodie makes the humans take her on more winter walks, she gives it “2 paws up!”

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